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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Moore, Timothy D. (Historian); Lannér-Cusin, Johanna E.; Schoenleber, Charles H.; Reid, Jonathan M.; Flamingo, Margaret R.; Fields, David P. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Maryland (1)
(2015)

III. The debate over the Constitution in Maryland, 4 December 1787-29 April 1788,   pp. 101-428 ff.


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III. DEBATE OVER CONSTITUTION
3. On 4 December Levi Hollingsworth's brother, Henry, who like Gilpin wrote from
Elkton, indicated that "we are all well, all Federal hear yesterday" (to Levi Hollingsworth,
Hollingsworth Family Papers, PHi). Earlier in the 1780s Henry Hollingsworth and Gilpin
were apparently in business together.
Matthew Ridley to John Jay
Baltimore, 6 December 1787 (excerpt)'
... I would give a handsome something for an Hour or two of Con-
versation with you-What think you of the new Constitution? We have
often Dilineated the Spirit of Republicanism-I cannot trace it in the
new raised Structure & fear much it does not exist amongst us-Can
it be possible that the Cold Climate of New-England, & Religious In-
dependancy can so assimulate, as to make a Hot-Bed of Governmental
Experiments? ...
1. RC, John Jay Collection (Jay-Monaghan), Columbia University Library. This letter,
docketed as answered on 4 January 1788, was delivered by Captain Simon White of Bal-
timore, who was delivering four half barrels of beer for Jay and his father-in-law, New
Jersey Governor William Livingston of Elizabethtown. Ridley (1746-1789), a merchant
and brewer, moved from England to Baltimore in 1770 as branch manager of a London
mercantile firm. He returned to England in 1775, and three years later, as a result of his
support for the American Revolution, he went to France. He was back in Maryland in
1779 but returned to Europe in 1781 as Maryland's agent to negotiate loans from several
countries. Ridley's efforts in Europe acquainted him with Benjamin Franklin, John Ad-
ams, and John Jay. Ridley returned to America in 1786. The next year he married Cath-
erine Livingston, a sister of Jay's wife Sarah. John Jay (1745-1829) was Confederation
Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 1784-89. A New York City lawyer, Jay was a delegate to
Congress, 1774-76, 1778-79 (president, 1779), and 1784. He was the principal draftsman
of New York's constitution of 1777 and that state's chief justice, 1777-79. Jay was minister
plenipotentiary to Spain, 1779-82, and joint commissioner for negotiating peace with
Great Britain, 1782-83. He co-authored The Federalist, 1787-88, and wrote a very impor-
tant pamphlet signed "A Citizen of New-York" in April 1788. Jay voted to ratify the
Constitution in the New York Convention in July 1788. He became the first ChiefJustice
of the United States, 1789-95.
Maryland Journal, 7 December 17871
Extract of a Letter from a Member of the Honourable House of Delegates, now
sitting at Annapolis, to his Friend in this Town, dated the 1st Instant.
"Men are generally pleased with others, who are under the same
Impression, and take the same Side on momentous Questions, as them-
selves-so that you may be sure I was highly gratified To-day, by the
Petition from Baltimore, and the Number of respectable Signers; from
whence, I have a Confirmation of previous Reports of the Unanimity
of your Town on the Federal Constitution.2-The House of Delegates
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